2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS500 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class - Road Test Specs

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Sedan

(6.2L V8 7-speed Automatic)


Model year2006
Base MSRP$64,900
As-tested MSRP$73,190


Drive typeRear-Wheel Drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)302 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)339 @ 2,700
Transmission type7-Speed Automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent air suspension w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent air suspension w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed sensitive power rack and pinion
Tire brandN/A
Tire modelN/A
Tire size, front275/35R18
Tire size, rear275/35R18
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ ABS and brake assist

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.9
0-60 mph (sec.)6.2
0-75 mph (sec.)9.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.70 @ 98.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29.50
60-0 mph (ft.)116.53
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)36.7
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)72
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsConsidering the CLS500's hefty curb weight and relatively small displacement V8, it has plenty of power and comes off the line hard under full-throttle acceleration. We noted slight stability control intervention at launch, and turning the ESP system off netted a slight improvement in 0-60 times. Upshifts were very positive and occured right at redline.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsThe big Benz stops quickly and confidently with minimal front end drive or other drama. We didn't feel any ABS noise or vibration, and fade was a non-issue. The brake assist system worked flawlessly and seamlessly, we didn't notice anything during hard stops. These numbers are outstanding for a heavy full-size sedan.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThis car is amazingly agile for a large luxury cruiser. Steering is quick and precise, and suspension damping is excellent when set to "Sport 2" mode. Torque and low-end power were plentiful when pulling out of the final cones in third gear, and the shiftable automatic works well.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not Tested
Temperature (°F)Not Tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not Tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 City 22 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)N/A

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,050
Length (in.)194
Width (in.)73.7
Height (in.)54.7
Wheelbase (in.)112.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)35
Headroom, front (in.)36.9
Headroom, rear (in.)36.1
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.8 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)15.8 cu. ft.


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years / 50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceLifetime
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemStandard
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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